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Date: Sunday, 19th May 2019
Contributor: Ian Embelton - HQ

British Champions 2019 - St Laurence O'Toole


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The 2019 championship season started with the British Pipe Band Championships in Paisley.

118 pipe bands and 30 drum majors from Belgium, Denmark, USA, Eire, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland competed in front of large crowds despite the cold and damp conditions for the first championships title of the new season.

In the premier Grade 1 event St Laurence from Eire were crowned the 2019 British Champions and made it a double celebration also lifting the best drum corps. Scottish Power finished in the runners up spot whilst Inveraray and District, Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia, Field Marshal Montgomery and Police Scotland Fife completed the prize list.

Thanks to RSPBA Photographer Peter Hazzard we will have another gallery of pictures over the coming days.

The Adult Drum Major title was won by Liam Renton from Inveraray and District.

Kathy Hunter from Manorcunningham (Eire) won the Juvenile grade whilst Louis Anderson from New Ross and District (Eire) won the Junior grade.

Liam Renton Kathy Hunter Louis Anderson

The other British Champions on the day were:

Grade 2 Band - Closkelt
Grade 2 Drumming - Buchan Peterson

Grade 3A Band - St Marys, Derrytrasna
Grade 3A Drumming - St Joseph's - Eire

Grade 3B Band - Turriff and District
Grade 3B Drumming - Milngavie

Grade Juvenile Band - Dollar Academy
Grade Juvenile Drumming - George Watsons College

Grade 4A Band - Glenrothes and District 2010
Grade 4A Drumming - Glenrothes and District 2010

Grade 4B Band - Edradour Pitlochry and Blair Atholl
Grade 4B Drumming - Culter and District

Grade Novice A Band - North Lanarkshire Schools
Grade Novice A Drumming - North Lanarkshire Schools

Grade Novice B Band - Lochgelly High School
Grade Novice B Drumming - St Columba's School Kilmacolm

Complete summaries of the event can be found by clicking here for bands or clicking here for drum majors.


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